Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Show and Tell

Now first I must explain my prolonged absence from blogging. We went camping to South Dakota (Custer State Park) for a week, which you all knew about, but I've been back for a week and still haven't blogged! But here's why...I am at my MIL's house and she has internet, but it's.....wait for it.....DIAL UP!!! Oh yes she does indeed have dial up and it's incredibly slow and painful to do anything online, but tonight it seems to be a little faster than normal so I am attempting to post. If you are reading this, it obviously worked!

On to the good stuff. I have been able to do some quilty things this week and have pictures to 'show and tell'. This morning we went to a quilt store in Orem UT called Mormon Handicraft and of course I had to do my best to help the local economy. They had some darling fabrics and some excellent clearance fabrics so I got a bit, of course,(not too much my dear husband lol!) but the deal of the day was a scrap bag I bought. This is what was in it... Now most of those pieces are 1/4 yards, some of them are even 1/2 yards...and it was only $3! Talk about a bargain.

Then tonight we went to the New Friends Quilt Circle which my MIL runs and there were some lovely things to see. Firstly, here is a bag my old friend (she's not old, I've just known her for a few years!) Christina made... She says she doesn't wear these colors, and that it doesn't match anything she wears but she just loved it and had to make it. Best excuse ever I'd say! Christina also made this quilt... and here is the same quilt in a different colorway by another member of the group, Joanne.... Now I am thrilled about this quilt because my MIL, Carmen designed it! Can you believe it??? She designed it for their group to make as a block of the month last year. Lucky, lucky ladies! All the blocks have Friend or Friendship as part of their name, and the stitchery sayings are about friendship too. I told her she needs to make this a commercial pattern and sell it. It rivals anything out there and I know it would be a success. She doesn't really want to do so as it would be very time consuming to write up the instructions. I'll keep working on her though! In the mean time she gave me a copy of all the patterns so it's on my to-do list for sure! She purposely designed it with a few blank spaces so the ladies had to put their own bit of personality in it too, hence you will notice family photos and Dear Jane blocks among other things in them. Isn't it amazing that two quilts can look so different just because of the color choices? They are both gorgeous in their own way.

Tomorrow we are off to Gardner Village to have lunch, feed the ducks, and go to one of my favorite quilt shops, Pine Needles. If the dial-up co-operates I will do another post tomorrow night. Plus I still have to do a post to tell you about our wonderful camping trip!

13 comments:

Candace said...

It sounds as if you are having a wonderful time, and getting some great bargains, great because the fabric was so inexpensive, but also so pretty. Your MIL must be extremely talented. Those quilts are beautiful and I agree she should do a pattern.

Jacquie said...

Custer is such a fun place. I have great memories from there. Great shopping trip. What bargains! These quilts are gorgeous and I bet a lot of work!

Teresa said...

I hav missed you and wondered where you had gone - reading this post, I remembered your trip. Sounds like a great time and love those friends quilts. I know your MIL must feel a sense of pride too when she sees the ones her friends have made, as well she should. Have fun and stay safe!

Jenn said...

Glad you are having a good time and getting some great looking fabrics.Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

Misty said...

Hey Joanna,
It's Misty! It was so good to see you while you were visiting! Your kids are so big I can hardly believe it. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Utah!

Carol VR said...

For $3... I definitely need to shop with someone like you. What a great haul.

Karen said...

Love all of the photos. Good to hear that you're having a great vacation and getting some quilt things in along the way.

wildpokerman said...

I can't believe they are the same quilt. I can't beleive you spend 5 hours uploading at mom's lol.

upstateLisa said...

sounds like you are having a great time and of course, you have to add some fabric shopping to any trip! glad to hear from you!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Its good to hear your vacation is going along well. Your MIL is amazing. Those quilts are fabulous. Tell her I give her an A+ - not that my grades count - but it is a darling quilt she came up with. That is some great deal you got at Mormon Handicraft! Wow. Have fun at Pine Needles - fabulous store. Take care!!!

Marie said...

Ohhh, what a lovely quilting time you are having! I was wondering where you had got to! That is a beautiful quilt your mama in law has designed. She really must put out the pattern. I am sure it would be a best seller!

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

She definately needs to sell her pattern. It is gorgreous. Great finds at the quilt shop!

Jeanne said...

I agree that you MIL should pattern that quilt! It is gorgeous in both colorways.